Health, Safety and Environmental Preventive Culture
It’s fundamental to embed our Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Preventive Culture in everything we do.
There are many ways we ensure this culture permeates throughout Bombardier, including employee training and development, performance monitoring, site tours, continuous improvement programs and risk assessments conducted for all work activities, including prior to launching a new program or site.
Our five long-term goals guide our annual plans for HSE activities and are designed to help us reach our HSE Vision:
HSE experts are coaches and influencers: We encourage sharing of best practices on common issues throughout the HSE network to create synergies and build experience on lessons learnt following accidents.
Management is accountable for HSE and demonstrates HSE leadership: We conduct quarterly HSE reviews at the corporate level to increase HSE executive leadership.
Strong and clear management organization: We communicate HSE roles and responsibilities at every level of the organization to increase HSE leadership.
Process management in place to proactively identify and reduce risks: We establish processes to effectively identify and manage HSE critical risks. We collaborate with our Corporate Audit Services and Risk Assessment (CASRA) function to assess key HSE processes and embed them in CASRA’s regular audit program. With a continuous improvement mindset, CASRA brings a fresh look on HSE processes and helps challenge the status quo while promoting cross-functional collaboration between teams.
Leadership ensures continuous improvement through a set of world-class KPIs: We perform HSE governance with our internal and external stakeholders and analyze trends on HSE performance. We monitor legal compliance to ensure Bombardier addresses business risks.
HSE Management System
All of our sites are required to abide by our HSE Policy, which was revised in 2015 to better support Bombardier’s HSE Vision and to emphasize management’s obligation to visibly demonstrate HSE leadership. Eligible sites (facilities with more than 150 employees) are ISO 14001 certified and have achieved certification according to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18 001. We are preparing transition to the new ISO 45 001 Occupational Health and Safety management systems.
These standards guide our efforts to identify and manage HSE risks and impacts. They help us track and manage HSE risks and impact reduction programs across our manufacturing, service, maintenance and engineering operations. Systematically integrating HSE management systems into our activities drives our continuous improvement.
Every three years, HSE legal compliance audits are conducted by external auditors at eligible sites (facilities with more than 50 employees).
Thinking ahead and limiting adverse risks and impacts
Speaking up to challenge root causes
Acting in a timely manner to implement corrective measures and being accountable
Being a leader means:
We lead by example and embed HSE in our business decisions.
We walk the talk on the shop floor.
We engage our team in HSE.
We recognize the success of our team.
We make NO exception in safety.
Our path forward
As our business is growing and evolving, we continue to face critical risks in multiple environments. Our company-wide transformation brings new challenges, but our focus always remains on HSE through a consistent and systematic approach.
Unfortunately, we suffered fatalities in Transportation in the past years. Globally, these events triggered serious reviews of critical risks and processes in place. We’re determined to continue the deployment of our HSE Preventive Culture and we’re always striving for zero occupational illness or injury and to minimize our environmental footprint.
Read more about our key performance indicators related to HSE.